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Cardinal Dolan's Message

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Cardinal Dolan Says Separating Abortion from Title X Family Planning Program is "Greatly Needed" and "Deeply Appreciated"

May 18, 2018

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, made the following statement in response to the news that the Trump Administration ... Read More »

The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Any Need to Go to the Priest for Confession?

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Our Lord Jesus Christ went about doing good by healing the sick, casting out demons and feeding the hungry. But, while Jesus occupied Himself in bringing relief to corporal infirmities, the principal object of His mission was to release the soul from the bonds of sin. In fact, the ... Read More »

Love In Action - The Corporal Works of Mercy - Perfect Ways to Extend God's Mercy and Love to Others

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They "are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs" (USCCA).  They respond to ... Read More »

Allowing God...

Posted by Nancy Lambert

In today’s Gospel, Jesus declares that He is the Vine and we are the branches, cut off from Him we can do nothing. It is a known fact that any branch that is cut off the main tree cannot bear fruit.  We may declare our independence from other things ... Read More »

Joy Comes in the Morning...It's Easter!

Posted by Nancy Lambert

The transformative lesson God taught us during Lent is that the morning will come when you learn how to endure the night.  God promised His people, “I will be as the dew unto my people”. Dew is the tiny drops of moisture that appear on cool surface in the early ... Read More »

Important Days Ahead

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter Sunday, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Catholics and in fact, other Christian churches distribute palms on Palm Sunday to commemorate Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest and Crucifixion on Good Friday.

Holy Week, ... Read More »

Methodists, Catholics Discuss Convergence in Theology and Rites

Posted by Nancy Lambert

March 5, 1997

WASHINGTON, (March 5, 1997) -- The United Methodist-Roman Catholic Dialogue, charged with bringing 30 years of theological conversations into the life of parishes and congregations around the country, met at St. Paul's College here, February 27-March 1. The on-going task of the Dialogue is to prepare ... Read More »

From a Sermon by Saint Leo the Great, Pope

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Dear friend, at every moment the earth is full of the mercy of God, and nature itself is a lesson for all the faithful in the worship of God. The heavens, the sea and all that is in them bear witness to the goodness and omnipotence of their Creator, ... Read More »

Friday After Ash Wednesday - A Reading from the Book of Isaiah

Posted by Nancy Lambert

Thus says the Lord GOD: Cry out full-throated and unsparingly, lift up your voice like a trumpet blast;  Tell my people their wickedness, and the house of Jacob their sins.  They seek me day after day, and desire to know my ways, Like a nation that has done what ... Read More »

In the Spirit of Lent

Posted by Nancy Lambert

This Lent, we are encouraged to raise up the needs of the world in prayer, to sacrifice by giving up food and material wants, and to offer your time, talent and treasure as good stewards of the gifts God has given you. 

During Lent, the Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and ... Read More »